Latest News

  • FRU welcomes Law Society President
    Wed, 11/14/2018 - 15:07

    FRU was delighted to welcome Christina Blacklaws, President of the Law Society, to our office today. In a very useful visit Christina talked to FRU staff and trustees about our work and how we engage with the solicitor profession. We also talked about future developments in legal education and qualification and technology. Christina was also able to meet 2 of our volunteers, Sam Irving and Emma Colebatch, and talk to them about the value of their work to their clients and to their professional development.

    Christina recognised the great work of FRU’s volunteers and staff and offered the Law Society’s support in letting the profession know how they could engage with us. We look forward to developing our already strong relationship with solicitors with Christina’s help.


  • Welcome back to Sharon!
    Mon, 10/29/2018 - 10:40

    We are pleased to welcome back Sharon Sneddon, our office manager. Sharon has been on maternity leave looking after Noah. Sharon has already hit the ground running and is keeping us all in line. It’s great to have her back.

  • Goodbye to Lobna!
    Fri, 10/12/2018 - 09:54

    Today we say goodbye and good luck to our Office Manager Lobna Rahman. The last 12 months have flown by and Lobna quickly established herself at the heart of FRU’s work. Her quick thinking and eye for a deal with our suppliers has saved the day more than once.

    Lobna will be a massive asset in her next role and we’ll really miss her.

  • FRU walkers and runners get ready for Walk the Thames
    Fri, 10/12/2018 - 09:54

    We are taking part in the London Legal Support Trust ‘Walk the Thames’ event again this year. Richard Butler and Alastair Prince are running half marathons and Management Committee Chair Rachel Sullivan will be walking the full route.

    Please go to our Walk page to sponsor their efforts on behalf of FRU.

  • Secret Barrister launches FRU Crowd Funding campaign
    Thu, 10/04/2018 - 11:00

    In a highly exiting development the best-selling author the Secret Barrister has announced their appointment as a patron of FRU. In their announcement the Secret Barrister launched FRU’s latest fund-raising initiative – a crowd funding campaign through crowd justice.

    The Secret Barrister is a junior barrister specialising in criminal law and their blog became an internet hit. In 2016 and 2017, the SB was named ‘Independent Blogger of the Year’ at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. In 2018 the Secret Barrister published their first book, “Stories of The Law and How It’s Broken”, and spent 24 weeks in the Sunday Times Top 10 Bestsellers list. The book was distributed free to all Members of Parliament to demonstrate current issues with the criminal justice system.

    FRU Chief Executive David Abbott said “we are honoured that the Secret Barrister has agreed to join our illustrious list of Patrons. Whilst it is highly unusual to appoint an anonymous Patron the SB’s passion for the justice system and for FRU’s work is clear. We are sure that the Secret Barrister’s high profile will help us to communicate our aims and successes more widely.”

    FRU has launched its crowd funding campaign to raise much needed funds to support our work. The campaign focusses on our work representing disabled people in social security tribunals. FRU needs to raise a minimum of £3000 from the campaign. Pledges can be made at this address: